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The Bison Range Project
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July 5, 2016
Green Teacher

Originally appears in the Summer 2016 issue

Credit: Jennifer Ogden

Two high school boys stood at the doorway of my second story art room guiding a life-sized bison sculpture over the fire escape railing and onto a pallet fork attached to the extended arm of a Bobcat. The bison’s final destination would be a biennial K-8 Art show at a nearby mall for which we had created a “sculpto-picto-rama” range land habitat installation in the larger-than-life style of American sculptor, Red Grooms. Our custodian laughingly interpreted the boys’ bison marshaling signals in order to ensure a safe landing for our papier mache animal onto the parking lot adjacent to the school while a handful of excited teachers and students recorded the event on their cell phones. When art mixes with heavy machinery there is simply a little more excitement in the air. As it turns out, it takes roughly nine months to gestate a bison in the wild AND in the art room.


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